"In total, 4,239 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country past year, averaging about 11.6 firearms per day, approximately a 7 percent increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 3,957 detected in 2017", the statement said.
7, with 96 guns, 80 of them loaded.
What part of it's illegal (and dangerous) to pack a loaded gun in your carry-on bag aren't we getting?
According to TSA and the agency's yearend review, 2018 marked a record-setting year for firearm confiscation.
A record 4,239 firearms were seized at United States airport security checkpoints in 2018, a seven percent increase from the previous year.More news: Australia appointed Ricky Ponting as assistant coach for World Cup
A whopping 86 percent of the guns were loaded and about 1/3 of them had a round in the chamber, the agency said.
If someone wants to travel with a firearm, the weapon must be unloaded, locked and stored in a hard-sided container in checked luggage. "Even if a traveler has a concealed weapon permit, firearms are not permitted to be carried onto an airplane", the release said.
That 2018 tally included 21 guns at Logan International Airport, nine at Bradley International Airport in CT, four at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, four at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, four at Portland International Jetport, two at Burlington International Airport, and one at Worcester Regional Airport, according to the release.
Other prohibited items found in the nation's airports included smoke grenades, an inert hand grenade, lighter fluid, fireworks, and replica mortar shells.
The TSA can impose civil penalties up to $13,333 per violation, and improperly bringing a gun into an airport can also lead to an arrest.More news: ‘Sophisticated’ Attempt to Hack Australia’s Parliamentary Network Could Be Foreign Agents
Sometimes it's not just regular passengers who flub the rules.
But guns weren't the only prohibited items agents found in people's luggage.
The amount averages to 11.6 firearms per day, with the most discovered during the month of August, when TSA found 32 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Of those, 253 were loaded. The Atlanta airport was No. 1 in 2017, too, with 245 discoveries. "Call us at 866-289-9673 or shoot us an email (pun intended)".
Overall, the TSA screened 5.5 percent more travelers in 2018 than in 2017, or about two million travelers per day including a record-breaking Thanksgiving.More news: Dallas Mavs Traded Harrison Barnes To Sacramento Kings Mid-Game